Mercury, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are set line up which will lead to a huge earthquake on our planet, according to a group of conspiracy theorists, the ‘Global Earthquake Forecaster’ Ditrianum.
The site, run by new age earthquake researcher Frank Hoogerbeets, says these planets will align on December 21 and the gravitational tug will cause plates to dislodge on Earth, leading to an earthquake up to magnitude 8 on the Richter scale.
According to Mr Hoogerbeets: “A very critical planetary configuration on 21 December 2018 is likely going to trigger a large earthquake between December 21 and 25, 2018.
“Current estimation is high 7 to 8 magnitude.
“This is a very timely warning because many people around the world are already planning their Christmas holidays.”
Mr Hoogerbeets claims he uses a Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) to predict quakes, which “is the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.
He added: “After three years of observations, it became clear that some planetary geometry in the Solar System clearly tends to cause a seismic increase, while other geometry does not.”
Mr Hoogerbeets does not give any indication where the earthquakes might occur however.
Anything above a seven on the Richter scale is considered to be a “major” earthquake, and only 20 occur a year, according to Michigan Tech University.
But experts have dismissed Mr Hoogerbeets, saying that there is no way earthquakes can be predicted.
John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said: “We can’t predict or forecast earthquakes.
“Sometimes before a large earthquake you’ll have a foreshock or two, but we don’t know they’re foreshocks until the big one happens.”